Grape-picking in Comando G: Fine wines / high class work

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We’ve set off for the Sierra de Gredos to pick grapes for a few days with Fer and Dani, components of Comando G and Daniel Landi a winery devoted to fine precision work. Grenache wines from grapes grown in impressive places, full of different microclimates, soils and types of exposure. A kaleidoscope of variables that seek to obtain a fruit at just the right point of ripeness capable of giving the wine a long life and fineness.

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All the work done throughout the year in the vineyard comes to a head in these months of September and October. So these are times for sampling and observing. In the winery the work is meticulous. A lot of human labor goes into selecting the best bunches and grapes, with well-selected cement and wooden tanks, in the search for different properties, and very little machinery. All this to ensure that the work with the grapes is as craftsman-like as possible.

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The work is planned the previous afternoon, by carrying out samplings of different plots to organize the teams of pickers. That afternoon we went to the vineyards of Rozas with Fernando, while Dani went to Avila to sample the Cantos del Diablo and Fin del Mundo plots. Our tour focused on analyzing the small vineyards that make up Rozas 1 Cru. a tour aimed at discovering the general condition of the vineyard and collecting samples to analyze in the winery. When evening fell we went to the Grand Cru Las Umbrias, with the sunset bathing the vineyards in the last rays of the sun. A magical place, high up and surrounded by olive and chestnut trees. A soil made up of degraded granite, with some clay and quartz. Solitude and nature in its purest form. The vineyard was in a perfect state of health, although it still lacked a certain maturity. The slow evolution provides the perfect conditions for the grape to develop more complex aromatic components and also gain complexity on the palate.

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Back in the winery, all the samples are analyzed using a chemical and organoleptic analysis. All the grapes from the different plots and their musts are tasted in order to assess the whole vineyard in a scientific and sensorial way. All this to ensure that they are harvested at the perfect moment, with the only requirement being to accompany the grape in its process, to ensure that it becomes a great wine.

With the results obtained, the alarm went off. Cantos del Diablo, a Grand Cru by Dani Landi, needed to be harvested the very next day. Emotion and butterflies in the stomach for what was awaiting us the next day. At dinner we drank the 2016 Cantos vintage so that we could imagine the intentions and the goals they have to squeeze as much as possible out of this plot. Honesty, a light structure and tints of great classic wines that emulate the Burgundian winemakers.

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The alarm clock rang at 6:30 in the morning, and still in the dark we drove through several valleys and communities, Madrid, Ávila and Toledo on a route that took about 35 min. The heart of Gredos is easily divided between these 3 communities. It was still dark when we arrived at the vineyard located in the Tietar Valley, and with the first rays of sun we began the harvest. Moments of concentration followed, in order to ensure that nothing could go wrong, and an excellent atmosphere due to the perfect sanitary condition with which the site was harvested. While we continued cutting, the full boxes were transported to the winery for a meticulous selection. The selection lasted 12 hours. Little by little during the afternoon the winepress kept filling up while Dani treaded it as it went along, and the work in the cellar continued while Fer and Dani returned to the ritual of sampling and listening the different places. The day ended around ten o’clock at night, with the last boxes of Cantos del Diablo coming in.

Harvesting time is experienced at a frantic and passionate pace in Cadalso. A host of variables, and many pieces that need to come together so that each day matches the field work with the winery. Comings and goings through the different valleys that make up Gredos, and culminating in an excellent dinner, with the whole team uncorking bottles and becoming a family ready to face another day. Step by step, seeking to make the best grenaches in the world.

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10 wines you need to try this autumn for under €10

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We are enjoying the last days of summer and autumn is about to start. Gastronomically speaking, it is a great season. Temperatures start to fall and food tends to be more elaborate and warm, so we tend to look for wines that have more structure and substance. These are the wines we suggest for autumn, and they also have a great value for money:

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Cullerot 2017: This wine produced by Celler del Roure is a clear example that warmth is not at odds with freshness. The ageing of part of the grapes with their skins gives this wine an interesting structure. A great wine for this time of the year.

Herencia Altés Garnatxa Blanca 2017: The White Grenache has a good complexity when it comes to aroma and taste. It is therefore perfect for this season: volume, a bitter touch and a fresh finish.

La Maldición Malvar de Valdilecha 2017: Marc Isart is a great connoisseur of the local varieties of Madrid. On this occasion, we present the Malvar grape, a variety that makes for aromatic and fresh wines, and to which Marc adds extra complexity macerating it with the skins a few days.

LZ 2017: LZ 2017 proves that ageing in cement deposits can add complexity to the wine without making it lose its freshness. Furthermore, if it is made with some of the more tannic varieties such as Tempranillo and Graciano, along with the touch of Telmo Rodríguez, this wine is a must.

El Inquilino Crianza 2014: Viña Zorzal has taken one step forward and has moved to La Rioja to offer us this wine from the Najerilla Valley. It adheres to the same philosophy, but it adds Tempranillo and Grenache from the area, a fruity part, and another part of tertiary aromas thanks to its 12 months of ageing in barrels that gives it that warm touch.

Prima 2016: the entry wine of Mariano García in his Toro winery, Maurodos. A must if you want to taste the one of the greatest of this winery. Round and juicy tannins from the Tinta de Toro and its subsequent ageing.

Petit Pittacum 2017: Pittacum produced this Mencía wine with a short ageing that gives it very elegant velvety tones. Ideal to be paired with autumn aperitifs in good company.

Mineral del Montsant 2016: Mediterranean essence bottled with the local varieties Grenache and Carignan. A good wine to get to know the Montsant thanks to renowned oenologist Tomàs Cusiné.

Llàgrimes de Tardor 2015: As its name suggests, these autumn tears (llàgrimes) will perfectly fill your senses. Carignan and Grenache from the area of ​​Terra Alta aged for 12 months in barrels. Capricho de otoño.

Vizcarra Roble Senda de Oro 2017: Year after year, the Vizcarra family manages to better interpret the Tinto Fino variety and the places that surround it. They pay attention to every detail to offer us the best of the area, as is the case of this Senda de Oro, the youngest of the wine family, but cherished nonetheless. A good Ribera wine at an excellent price.

Come in, have a drink and enjoy autumn!

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International Grenache Day #GrenacheDay

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Taking advantage of the International Grenache Day that is celebrated around the world on September 21 (the third Friday in September), we want to recommend different red wines made with Grenache, one of the most popular grape varieties in the world and the second most common in Spain.

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This Mediterranean variety has perfectly adjusted to the different soils and climates of a large part of the Iberian Peninsula, resulting in a wide range of wine profiles, and greatly enriching the national wine scene.

Throughout the Spanish geography, we find light red wines made with Grenache, and not only in cool areas. For example, this Rafael Cambra Soplo 2014, made in Valencia, with a slight maceration, a short ageing in used barrels and a calm stay in concrete deposits, shows us a more juicy and fruity profile. Another example is Envínate Albahra 2017, a Red Grenache (Garnacha Tintorera) from Albacete, with a good acidity and freshness thanks to its production in cement deposits with a percentage of the stems. A light and very drinkable wine.

In Aragon, with a continental climate of Mediterranean influence, we mainly find a more concentrated and robust wine profile, especially in Campo de Borja and Calatayud, where the Grenache is the main variety. A classic like Borsao Tres Picos 2016 shows us with strength and elegance the intensity of the wines of this area. Also in Campo de Borja, Fernando Mora makes As Ladieras 2015, looking for the most refined side of these truly expressive Grenache grapes.

The freshest and most delicate profile of the Grenache in Spain is found in Gredos. Here, at a high altitude and on granite soils, Comando G produces its delicious Grenache, plot by plot. Rozas 1er Cru 2016 ,vinified with native yeasts, gentle macerations and ageing in large barrels, is a juicy wine, deep and very refined. To the east of the mountain range Sierra de Gredos, Daniel Landi makes Las Uvas de la Ira Vino del Pueblo 2016 with the same goal: to show the freshest and most distinguished side of the Grenache, in vineyards cultivated organically and biodynamically, with the utmost respect in the vineyard and just enough intervention in the winery.

We cannot talk about the Grenache variety without going through Priorat. Here we find the first wine to obtain the classification Gran Vi de Vinya Classificada (great wine from classified vineyards): L’Ermita 2015 by Álvaro Palacios. An exceptional Grenache of more than 100 years, from a single 1.44-hectare vineyard, shared in a very small percentage with Carignan and white grapes. L’Ermita majestically expresses all the personality of the Grenache in a precise and honest way, without hiding the character that its unique terroir gives it. An ample and intense wine that caresses the palate with roundness and its long-lasting finish.

As you can see, the Grenache variety provides us with wines for all kinds of occasions. Let’s celebrate #GrenacheDay in the best way!

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The Top 10 of the best White Grenache wines

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The White Grenache (Garnacha Blanca) is a white grape variety of Spanish origin. Extending throughout the Iberian Peninsula, it is known by different names depending on the area where it grows: Alicante blanca, garnatxa blanca, lledoné, sillla blanc, sillina blanc, grenache blanc.
We can find it throughout almost the entirety of Catalonia and Aragon, in Navarre and La Rioja. It is a rustic variety that has adjusted well to hot areas and drought. Of medium and compact bunches, the berries are medium sized and very round.
Depending on the area and the different productions, we can find wines made with white grenache with high alcohol content and moderate acidity; wines with body, very floral and slightly fruity, the great majority with a bitter end, very characteristic of the variety.
We bring you a very representative selection of the different wines made with Garnacha Blanca.

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Viña Zorzal Garnacha Blanca 2017: From Corella, Navarre, the Sainz brothers bring us this young and very fresh white grenache wine. Clean on the nose, it expresses itself with sharpness and elegance. Quite an easy to drink wine to conquer all types of palates.

Jordi Miró Garnatxa Blanca 2017: Jordi Miró presents us this typical Grenache wine from D.O. Terra Alta. A light stay in the barrel that gives it a little more structure, gaining versatility when it comes to its pairing.

Botijo Blanco 2017: Typicity and freshness define this young Grenache wine from Calatayud, brought to us by Fernando Mora. A delicious freshness that has long been a rarity in this area. Great job, Fernando.

Miranda de Secastilla Garnacha Blanca 2015: Viñas del Vero produces this white grenache wine in one of its best farms, La Miranda, in the Secastilla Valley, at 700 metres of altitude. A silky wine, with amplitude and freshness.

Bancal del Bosc Blanc 2017: We travel to the Montsant, where the White Grenache is the queen among the white varieties. Here we have an extremely varietal wine that expresses itself with maturity and fluidity in equal parts.

Tuets Garnatxa Blanca 2016: A natural wine, with a lot of personality, that comes from the Alt Camp area, northeast of the province of Tarragona. A fruity, floral wine, very long and fresh.

Gotes Blanques 2016: Another creation of Alfredo Arribas, this time in Priorat. A wine that expresses all the varietal character and the terroir where it is born from, thanks to a careful viticulture supported by good work with the lees in the winery. A mature, intense and very honest wine.

Bàrbara Forés El Quintà 2016: One of the most representative wines of D.O. Terra Alta. Carmen performs a careful selection in their two best farms to choose the best grapes that will serve to make this delicious white grenache wine. An intense wine, with structure and varietal expression thanks to its ageing in large barrels.

Herencia Altés Benufet 2017: we continue in Terra Alta to discover one of the most representative wines of this young winery. Nuria makes this grenache wine by combining different types of vats for its vinification, thus providing a wide range of nuances that make it unique.

Trotamundos 2015: from the best old vineyards of La Rioja Baja, this powerful, authentic wine full of character wine is born, showing all the potential of one of the most sought-after varieties in the Iberian Peninsula. A white variety with a red soul thanks to its slow ageing in large barrels.

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Pairing of rice and wine

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We are in the middle of the summer season and, although throughout the year rice is never missing in our diet, its consumption is increased around this time thanks to bars and restaurants.

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Rice is a good dish to pair. Depending on the ingredients that accompany, you can choose any kind of wine. We could even go further and say that, according to the wine you want to drink, you can choose the best rice for it, whether the wine you select is white, red, rosé or sparkling. Below we suggest different wines depending on the raw material that prevails in the rice and on the different ways it has been cooked. So, let’s get into it:

The seafood and fish rice can have different variants depending on the way they are made. If it is a dry rice, we can opt for more fluid white wines with a not so aromatic profile, or also dry sparkling wines, with ageing notes, such as:

Valdespino Ojo de Gallo 2017: Made with palomino grapes from vines planted on ‘albariza’ soils, it achieves that perfect balance between the sapidity of the wine and the rice.

Monte Pío Albariño 2017: This Rías Baixas wine gives us a slightly more fruity sensation in the aromatic part, fresh, saline and dry in the mouth.

Recaredo Terrers Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2013: A very dry classic cava that will give us ageing aromas and the ideal freshness for this rice.

If we make lobster rice soup, it is better to pair it with a wine that has somewhat more intensity. In this case, rosé and light red wines go perfectly. For this fantastic rice dish, we suggest:

Dido la Solució Rosa 2016: A rosé with medium body and good acidity, which will leave out taste buds ready to continue enjoying this delicious rice.

4 Kilos 2016: Made with the native variety of Mallorca, the Callet, with finesse and complexity in perfect harmony.

Torelló Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2012: A Gran Reserva wine with the intensity needed to accompany one of the best rices.

mixed rice, surf and turf, is the ideal dish for those summer days when we want to enjoy a more consistent delicacy. To accompany this rice, we recommend wines with more strength but that are still easy to drink around this time of the year:

Remírez de Ganuza Blanco 2016: The work with the lees and the barrel ageing gives this white wine the ideal body and volume, making it the ideal pairing for this rice.

Scala Dei Pla Dels Àngels 2017: A Priorat rosé wine with robustness, freshness and elegance in equal parts.

Pícaro del Águila 2016: The perfect balance between the fruit and the wood notes of this Ribera del Duero wine goes hand in hand with all the virtues of this rice.

We cannot forget the typical Valencian paella, an all-time summer classic. Accompanied by lighter, easy to drink and very sapid wines, it will put the icing on the cake for these happy holidays:

Izadi Larrosa 2017: A delicate rosé wine, with good flavour and freshness. Not a single grain of rice will be left on the plate.

Pétalos del Bierzo 2016: A red wine from El Bierzo. Aromatic, easy to drink and very tasty, ideal for this type of rice.

Guilera Musivari 2007: A cava with a long ageing and fine bubbles that will accompany this sea of sensations that this fabulous rice gives us.

Rice, wine and summer. Enjoy!

 

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Manzanilla and Fino: Differences and similarities

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What exactly is a Manzanilla and a Fino? Basically, the preparation is the same, Palomino grapes from the Sherry wines area and subjected to a biological ageing period using the solera and criadera method. The main difference is where the winery is located. If it’s a wine that has been aged in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, it will be labeled under the DO Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and if it has been aged in a winery mainly in Jerez, you will fall under the DO Jerez.

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Then why is there such a differentiation? Because of the influence of the location of the wineries. In Sanlúcar many wineries are a few metres from the mouth of the Guadalquivir, highly influenced by the winds and humidity from the Atlantic. Whereas the town of Jerez and its wineries are 8 kilometres from the Atlantic, and therefore the marine influence is less. The microclimate that exists in the two municipalities is therefore a differentiating factor in the ageing process, resulting in different styles of wine.

The microclimate of Sanlúcar makes the yeast membrane covering the barrels thicker and it is rarely lost, giving rise to a more constant and subtle ageing. For this reason, Manzanillas tend to be softer, more elegant, golden in colour and with a more marked salty touch than their neighbours from Jerez.

Whereas in Jerez, the lesser influence of the Atlantic makes the temperatures fluctuate more abruptly and the humidity is not so noticeable. This directly affects the yeast membrane, making it thinner, and even, during especially hot or cold periods, resulting in almost all the membrane being lost. A Fino will therefore have sharper aromas, with hints of nuts and more structured on the palate, and warmer and less salty than its Sanlúcar neighbour.

Therefore, there are, indeed, differences between a Fino and a Manzanilla. But the most important thing is to try them and drink them, since they are great white wines that are complex and sapid.

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The influence of different soils on wine: Granite

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One of the important factors of the terroir is the soil where the vine is planted. The type of soil where the roots grow, absorb nutrients and absorb solar radiation, which results in different wine profiles. We therefore think it’s interesting to share information about it. We’ll begin by explaining some typical properties and factors that influence a wine when vines are planted in granite soils.

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Granite is an igneous crystalline rock that was formed far below the surface, under extreme heat and pressure conditions. These fusions combined different compounds such as quartz and mica that were driven upwards to the surface of the earth. Over time some of these rocks have been eroded, generating the sandy granitic soils where most of the vines are planted today.

The main Spanish wine regions that have this type of soil are: Arribes, Rías Baixas, Ribeiro, Valdeorras, Bierzo, Sierra de Gredos and Alella.

This type of soil is loose and with a sandy-loam texture, i.e. with a minimum percentage of clay and large amounts of silt and sand. This translates into a medium permeability to water and consequently a low retention of water and nutrients.

In contrast, this type of soil radiates a lot of heat during the day and cools down faster at night. This makes it possible for the grape to obtain the maximum amount of sugars during the day, and at night, with the drop in soil temperature, to preserve its acidity.

With these two important variables we can define a common wine profile for this type of soil. It is perfect for white wines, since they preserve their acidity very well, and it rounds them off, giving rise to wines that are more floral with a long finish, and with a salty end taste. The Rías Baixas such as Cíes or Zárate express this profile perfectly.

In reds this acidity leads to fresher, lighter and more vibrant wines. In this case, the clearest example is the area of ​​Gredos and its Garnachas, floral, flagrant and intense.

In short, the wines from this type of soil are vibrant and exciting. A wine profile suitable for people who like strong emotions and feeling the intensity of the soil.

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The Top 10 of the best Xarel·los

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The Xarel·lo is a Mediterranean variety. It is believed that its origin is Catalan, but its name comes from the Italian ‘chiarello’. However, depending on the area, it is known by different names, like pansa blanca (Alella), cartoixà and vinyater (South Penedés and Tarragona), premsal blanc or moll (Mallorca), pansal or pansalet (Valencia).
It has perfectly adjusted to the different terroirs and climates in D.O. Penedés and it is currently its flagship grape. The bunches of this variety are of an average size, the berries are round and large and not very compact, and their thick skin makes them very resistant to diseases.
With xarel·lo, they make young, soft, fresh and fruity wines and also crianzas, which are warmer, deeper and longer. Along with the maccabeu and the parellada, it is one of the most used grape varieties for the production of the cava.
Here is our Top 10 of wines made with xarel·lo.

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Desig 2017: Mas Candí makes this xarel·lo wine from a single vineyard that is over 50 years old, cultivated organically. A meaty, ample and fresh wine that shows all the character of the authentic xarel·lo thanks, in good part, to the good work they do with the lees.

Calcari 2017: Parés Baltà is one of the first wineries in Penedés to treat the vineyard according to biodynamic parameters. Thanks to this, their wines are honest and open, showing without filters all the virtues of native varieties like this xarel·lo.

Can Sumoi Xarel·lo 2017: In Sierra del Montmell, Pepe Raventós has found the ideal place to establish his new project of natural wines. And of course, we could not miss out on a xarel·lo. In this case, we have an unctuous, varietal wine, very easy to drink and fresh. A total delicacy.

Principia Mathematica 2017: In vineyards over 60 years old, located in Ordal (Penedés), this fabulous xarel·lo was created by the French-Catalan couple Alemany i Corrió. With a delicate stay in the barrel, it is structured, honest and fresh.

Joan Rubió Essencial 2016: After his extensive experience in Recaredo, he starts his own project vinifying in his winery of the small family farm. This wine, made in a natural way, without chemicals or artifices, is the purest expression of the xarel·lo.

Pardas Xarel·lo 2015: With this wine, Ramon and Jordi seek to show the maximum expression and typicality of the xarel·lo. Made from grapes from the oldest vineyards, it is vinified in different containers, new and used oak barrels, chestnut ones, and in stainless steel deposits. It is the flagship of the winery.

Finca Viladellops Xarel·lo 2015: Marcelo obtains an opulent wine with an extreme finesse by vinifying xarel·los from three different farms in the massif of Garraf. One of them is the Red Xarel·lo, a scarce variety, sister of the xarel·lo, in recovery in the area of Penedés.

Xarel·lo Pairal 2014: This xarel·lo is born from the El Cirerer farm, with less than one hectare, over 60 years old and cultivated without herbicides or insecticides. Its stay in chestnut barrels and a rest of 24 months in the bottle before going on the market, give it structure, creaminess and great complexity.

Amós Bañeres Vinya Oculta Vinya de la Múnia 2016: Amós Bañeres produces this xarel·lo in the heart of Penedès in a natural way, with minimal intervention and without adding any kind of oenological improver. A balanced wine, unctuous and with a good structure, with great ageing potential.

Espenyalluchs 2016: Enric Soler delights us with this fantastic xarel·lo made with minimal intervention, cultivating the vineyard under biodynamic principles. With just the right amount of ageing, Espenyalluchs shows all the varietal character with elegance and personality.

As you can see, the xarel·lo is a fantastic variety that will allow us to enjoy wine with all kinds of dishes this summer.

 

 

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Wine glasses: Which glass for which wine

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After choosing the wine you want to drink, the next important decisions are searching for the correct temperature and choosing a suitable glass to enhance the virtues and hide the weaknesses of the wine.
We already spoke about the correct temperature to serve wine in this post, so today we are going to focus on giving you some tips to choose the correct wine glass, depending on the style of wine you want to drink.

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Most manufacturers of wine glasses already specify the type of wine for which the glass is intended. Some have even classified the glasses by wine regions or by varieties. That is why we have chosen to offer you several wine glasses by two prestigious brands such as Riedel and Zalto that cover the multiple profiles of wines that we have in our catalogue. Riedel glasses and Zalto glasses are a synonym of quality.

Here is a classification of the different glasses and how they relate to wine styles:

For the most aromatic and fresh white wines, where we want to highlight all the aromatic components and the good acidity, we recommend the Riedel Vinum Riesling Grand Cru wine glasses  or the Zalto Glass for white wine, suitable to highlight all the virtues of white wines such as those from Rias Baixas or Xarello wines from Penedes.

Wine glasses with a wider bowl, in a Burgundy or Pinot Noir style, they are very good for delicate and fragrant wines. In Spain, they are perfect for Grenache wines with little extraction such as those of Comando G in Gredos or those of Álvaro Palacios in Priorat, subtle Mencía wines from El Bierzo, like those of Ricardo or Raúl Pérez, and also for the classic Riojas with a few years like the Prado Enea de Muga.
This type of glass is also perfect for white wines with a marked barrel ageing. Chivite Colección 125 Blanco or Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva are two clear examples of wines to take full advantage of these glasses.

Wines with body and a lot of substance find their virtues in larger glasses but with a less wider bowl that the Pinot Noir glass. All the aromatic potential of varieties Tempranillo or Cabernet Sauvignon are softened and become more subtle, with an entrance in the mouth towards the middle of the tongue where tannins and acidity harmonise. The Riedel Vinum Cabernet – Merlot or Zalto Bordeaux wine glass perfectly matches red wines from Ribera del Duero, Monastrell from Jumilla or modern-style Riojas such as Remírez de Ganuza.

As for sparkling wines, the important thing is to concentrate the aromatic components and enhance the fineness of the bubbles. In this aspect, the Riedel Veritas Champagne Glass cup does an excellent job when it comes to highlighting the qualities of sparkling wines, both Cava and Champagne.

And finally, we should highlight a very versatile glass for all types of wines, the Zalto Universal. A perfect geometry to hold all kinds of wines if we don’t have a glass for each kind of wine or if we don’t have enough space at home. A master purchase.

 

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The Top 10 of the best Cavas

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Cava is one of the most versatile wines that we can find. Traditionally linked to celebrations, it has been with us for many years, accompanying any meal throughout the day.
We find young and fresh cavas, cavas with more body and structure, with long ageing, made with native varieties and international varieties… In short, we have cavas to satisfy all kinds of palates, from those who need a pairing for a special moment and want the cava to improve the experience, to the most distinguished diners who seek exquisiteness and refinement in every course.
Here is our Top 10 of cavas, selected by their excellent quality, always in line with their price.

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Descregut Brut Nature Reserva 2015: an excellent cava made with classic varieties by this small family winery located in the heart of the Penedés. An amiable cava, with fine bubbles and very dry, ideal to drink on its own or with any type of meal.

Guilera Brut Rosat Reserva: the Guilera family brings us this delicious rosé cava made with Red Grenache and Pinot Noir, with the right ageing to show all its character with elegance and freshness. It is the ideal companion for the aperitif.

Rimarts Brut Nature Reserva 2015: in a small winery of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the cradle of cava, the brothers Martínez, Ricard and Ernest, produce this gem that perfectly shows all the virtues of cava at a smashing price.

Mas Candí Indomable: Toni Carbó and Ramón Jané delight us with this organic cava made with native varieties that have been cultivated in the area for centuries. We are talking about the Xarello and the Sumoll which, with a long ageing of over 5 years, result in a creamy and elegant cava that does not hide it surprising freshness.

Torelló Brut Special Edition 2013: with this fun presentation, Torelló dresses up a limited edition of its Brut Reserva. A cava that is precise and honest, worthy of representing the perfect definition of cava.

Maria Rigol Ordi Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2013: a long ageing cava that perfectly combines with the varietal aromas of the ageing notes, managing to express its character in a balances way. Keep an eye on this young winery that everyone is talking about.

Tantum Ergo Brut Nature 2014: from Requena (Valencia) we have this fabulous cava made with international varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, vinified like a blanc de noirs. Elegant and refined to the purest French style and, of course, with no added sugar.

Juvé y Camps Milesimé 2015: the historic Juvé y Camps winery has been making this 100% Chardonnay for a few years. It has earned them prizes and recognitions from the very first vintages. A structured cava, with a lot of expression of the variety, which shows the good adjustment of Chardonnay to this area.

Gramona III Lustros Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2011: We have chosen this cava for its quality and trajectory. Over 50 years on the market, collecting countless awards and recognitions from experts and professionals in the sector. A cava from a single farm, with a long ageing of 72 months, more than double the time required for a Gran Reserva. A must in any winery.

Recaredo Turó d’en Mota 2004: a Xarello single-variety from a single farm. The variety is cultivated in a sustainable and integrated way, expressing the terroir, the landscape and the Mediterranean climate in a simple and elegant way, without hiding any nuances. The tradition and the ‘savoir faire’ of the Mata family reaches the peak with this cava that, year after year, surprises us and allows us to affirm that we are in front of one of the best sparkling wines in the world.

You no longer have an excuse to not enjoy a magnificent cava during these hot summer days.

 

 

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